Hope Santa

Two children enjoy their meeting with Santa Claus at the McDonald’s at the Interstate 75 interchange near White Springs.

WHITE SPRINGS — Local residents and travelers on Interstate 75 were treated to special holiday cheer Dec. 23 at McDonald's Restaurant #11912. 

Santa arrived in his red White Springs Volunteer Fire Department "sleigh" to hear last-minute requests and to give children Happy Meal tickets courtesy of McDonald's General Manager Sharon Mize and Christmas stockings courtesy of Project HOPE.

McDonald's had invited Project HOPE in White Springs to partner in the Happy Meal gifting.  Project HOPE, in turn, decided to add to the spirit of the season by gifting stockings filled with candy canes, Christmas pencils, toys and, of course, Florida oranges. HOPE also sponsored additional Happy Meals so all children enjoyed Lunch with Santa.

Santa's presence added fun and excitement as traveling families enjoyed lunch, and joined in on their unexpected time with Santa and his helpers who distributed candy canes and Florida oranges.

One mother of 5, on the way from Georgia to Miami with her husband, said they "would remember their stop at McDonald's as the best part of this year's Christmas.”

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